The silk motifs on the Gold Work Sampler are stitched with a single strand of Soie de Paris – a 'Z' twisted thread.
I noticed that as I stitched I was adding over-twist to the thread especially as the thread got shorter. This causes the thread to twist around itself and even to twist itself into knots.
To correct this, I like to twizzle. I am right handed and stitch with my right hand on top of the frame and my left hand below. When I take the needle with my right hand and begin to pull it through the fabric I slide my thumb towards the tip of my index finger just a tiny amount rolling the needle between them. It is not necessary to do this every stitch but is necessary more often with a shorter thread. I watch the thread and try always to maintain the original amount of over-twist.
Do you twizzle?